Haridwar Sub District Magistrate Manish Kumar has issued a notice to Chief Minister Harish Rawat and legislator Swami Yatishwarand for violating model code of conduct in Pathari, Uttarakhand before elections. The SDM recieved notice from the flying squad about unnamed campaign paraphernalia related to campaign with no bills or invoice on February 4.
The notice to BJP’s Yatishwaranand said, the flying squad during its patrolling in Missarpur district of Haridwar has found 3500 pamphlets relating BJP’s campaign and 600 booklets of Haridwar’s tour guide in a car without any bills. Paraphernalia related BJP’s Uttarakhand campaign were also found. The pamphlet and the booklets didn’t bear any name either. The SDM has ordered Yatishwaranand to submit a reply in next 48 hours for on whose name were the materials for campaign bought and at what level and how much was the expenditure on the same. If reply is not recieved by 48 hours an investigation will be launched into the matter under Representation of Peoples Act 1951, it said.
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In another notice issued to CM Rawat about paraphernalia belonging to a Congress candidate was also found during checking near Bhogpur in Haridwar. The notice said that there were 100 posters, 20 masks,100 mufflers and 1000 other stickers and papers were found. The vehicle driver was not able to submit the bill. The material were then confiscated. The SDM ordered in the notice that if it is not noified in the next 48 hours as to who the material belonged to and what was the expenditure made on the same, an investigation will be launched. Rawat released election manifesto in Dehradun on Sunday. Rawat also defied EC rules during a rally by promising jobs to people. The Uttarakhand elections are scheduled for February 15 in a single phase for the 70 seats in the Vidhan Sabha.